‘The Drop’ falls off, even with a strong cast

September 11, 2014 6:10 PM

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A movie with the often-brilliant British actor Tom Hardy, Noomi “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” Rapace and the final film performance by James Gandolfini? A screenplay by Dennie Lehane, his first time adapting his own work? All of it directed by the guy who gave us “Bullhead,” one of the most savage neo-noir’s in recent memory? In the immortal words of Kenny Bania on “Seinfeld,” “That’s gold, Jerry! Gold!”

It is Brooklyn circa now, gorgeously shot by cinematographer Nicolas Karakatsanis. It’s not the Brooklyn of 20-somethings on fixed-gear bikes but the Brooklyn of Chechen mobster-controlled dive bars and the mopes who work them.

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